Babies who are deprived of oxygen at birth have an increased chance of suffering from severe brain damage. This damage can result in neurodevelopmental disorders or intellectual disabilities as the child grows older, and in some cases, it can even result in serious conditions such as cerebral palsy.
A recent Statesman Journal report describes the plight of a young cerebral palsy sufferer in Oregon named Maverick Ramseyer, and what his parents, Elizabeth and Derrick, have to endure because of his condition. Maverick’s cerebral palsy is alleged to have been caused by his doctors during his birth. A section in the article describes what happened in that period, including how Maverick’s cerebral palsy potentially came to be.
Early afternoon on Dec. 11, 2007, Elizabeth and Derrick went to the hospital 15 days overdue. She was given drugs to induce labor, and for 11 hours, the labor and delivery staff continued to increase the dosage.
Eventually, Elizabeth was told to start pushing, but Maverick’s head wasn’t positioned at the cervix, which the complaint alleges caused distress for the baby. Maverick’s heart rate dropped to 60 beats per minute for about six minutes, Kalur said.
The doctor then decided to deliver the baby via emergency C-section. Maverick was born having inhaled his own fecal matter, or meconium.
Maverick was born at 8:31 a.m. Dec. 12, 2007, apparently unable to breathe, Kalur said. The nursing staff and Dr. Michael Gabe, a family physician, attempted to resuscitate Maverick using a face mask and oxygen bag, before clearing his airway of meconium, the lawsuit states.
Cerebral Palsy Treatment in New York: Extensive and Expensive
The bad news is that similar unfortunate scenarios can happen to New Yorkers. Even more bad news, the costs of medical care in NY are comparatively much higher than most of the cities in the U.S. For parents of a child with cerebral palsy, the financial burden that the condition carries can be astounding. If you live in NY and your child is suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of birth injury, it is essential that you contact New York birth injury lawyers to explore your options.
Why You Need a Birth Injury Lawyer’s Evaluation
First off, keep in mind that a doctor’s negligence or malpractice isn’t always the cause of a birth injury such as cerebral palsy. However, with the help experienced New York City birth injury lawyers who can conduct a preliminary review of your case, you will learn if a lawsuit is in order and, more important, if it may lead to the attainment of the substantial financial resources necessary to tend to your child’s needs.
(Source: Lawsuit over birth injury: Misfortune or malpractice?, Statesman Journal, July 8, 2014)